Friday Faves

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Happy Friday! Any fun plans this weekend?  

It has been a week over here -we switched meds for P, who had a very rough couple of days- so needless to say, I’m really looking forward to having the Pilot around for backup (and adult non-goo-goo-ga-ga conversation)… and my Saturday nap. I’ve been counting down the hours until I’m tucked into bed Saturday afternoon. In addition to the great napping (a highlight haha), we’ve planned a couple of holiday activities with friends, and taking Liv and P to see the Nutcracker; an annual tradition. One of Liv’s ballet teachers is the Sugar Plum Fairy, so needless to say, she’s even more excited about it this year.

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love hearing yours, too, so please join the party in the comments section if you’d like!

*Hopefully* getting cleared to exercise again. We’re off to my 6-week checkup this morning, and fingers crossed that the midwife will give me the go ahead to get back into a fitness routine. (If so, this is where I’ll run around the office high-fiving everyone.) I’ve been walking here and there, plus some stretching, but I’m really excited to take my favorite classes and start to get back into it. This way it won’t be a huge shock to my body when I start teaching again in January. 😉 I’ll finally be able to take some fitness videos to share here on the blog (+ our Winter Shape Up videos) and create some new workouts. It feels like it’s been in a bit of a fitness slump here on ye ol’ blog, so thank you to all of you for hanging in there with me. Also, if you have Periscope, follow me! I have some fun fitness plans for Periscope in the new year. 


(Strolling with Miss P)

Girl dates! Even though it’s been a little crazy over here, P and I have been able to meet up with a couple of friends for breakfast. Betsy and I had an awesome breakfast at Little Lion

Chia pudding

(this chia pudding is BOMB. I’m pretty sure they use an entire bag of chia seeds before topping it with coconut whipped cream)

and coffee + oatmeal at Better Buzz with Sam and her baby.

Better buzz

One night, the Pilot stayed home with P, so Liv and I could meet up with Jess and her daughter for a playdate and Tender Greens at the mall.


I’m fortunate that a lot of my friends here in San Diego have young kiddos, so Liv usually has someone to play with, and for the babies, we can swoop in and help each other out. I’m already dreading the fact that we’ll eventually be moving… and have heard rumors/ideas of where it could be, which is just as exciting and nerve-wracking as it always is. It’s always an adventure, that’s for sure. 

Sun cliffs

I’ll definitely miss views like this.

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Melt! I wandered into People’s for more vegan cookies and a dairy-free butter option. I came across Melt, which is a mixture of oils -it’s vegan and soy-free- and is mostly coconut oil. The best part: it has a buttery taste and is loaded with healthy fats. It’s been awesome for baking and spreading atop toast.


Jordan’s performance of “Somebody to Love.” SO good. Adam’s reactions were almost as great as the performance.

He has to win.

Your weekly dose of smiling P. When she feels good, she is so happy and smiley. 

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Michael Buble’s Christmas show!

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(Source) I selfishly keep waiting for him to make a new CD, but his Christmas music will have to do. I got to catch a little bit of the first half and am excited to watch the rest on DVR today.

Livi stoked for the buble

(Liv was just as stoked as I was. She was dancing around saying, “Yes! Yes!” haha)

Post of the week that made me cry.

Shooting with Henry! My photographer Danny moved to Thailand, but he left me in good photography hands with his friend Henry, who shoots a lot of fashion bloggers here in San Diego. Stay tuned for workout and fashion pics that weren’t taken by a self timer. 😉

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He also took this pic for my upcoming Instagram chat with Crunch LIVE. Be sure to tune in next Wednesday at 1pm PST and we can chat about fitness-y stuff.

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They also offered a free 30-day trial if you’d like to try their awesome home workouts over the holidays. They’re perfect if you’ll be traveling or want to get in a quick sweat session during the festivities. Just enter the code FITNESS30 (<— good until 12/31).

Hope you have a very happy Friday! <3

See ya soon with another Favorite Things giveaway. 



New Post-delivery Body post on the family page.

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  1. Helene @healthyfrenchie on December 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I’ve said it a few days ago, I’ll say it again, you look amazing! Can’t believe you gave birth 6 weeks ago.
    P has the most adorable smile as well 🙂
    I had some back issues so I haven’t been able to work out in 3/4 weeks 🙁 I’ve been walking a lot now that I can again and am looking forwad to working out again soon

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      you are a sweet angel- thank you!
      hang in there and hope you heal quickly. xoxo

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 11, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I feel like if I lived in San Diego I would never want to leave. Go Jordan!!!

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I still never had chia pudding 😛 I know! I have to try it…there’s just something holding me back!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      ohh i think you’ll like it!

  4. Cassie on December 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    P is looking adorable in that picture! We just packed up that same crawler she’s wearing!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      so cute! she pretty much lives in jammies right now 🙂

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 11, 2015 at 7:44 am

    So many good things to share, Gina! I love it! And that’s so great you got out for some girl time this week. I’m seeing A Christmas Carol on Sunday night with the hubs because I insisted we go to a holiday show this year. Hope you have a wonderful couple of days. Enjoy the nap, Momma!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      ohhh that will be fun! you too, friend! when are you coming to SD again?

      • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        For a few days around Christmas. We’re staying with my husband’s parents on Coronado again. Will you be in town then? I’m not sure our schedule, but if there is free time, I’d love to meet the little ones!! 🙂

  6. Anna @ THE POSH BODY on December 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

    P’s baby mohawk is beyond adorable, Gina! Hope you get the good news to work out today.

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      the best! thank you 🙂 i’m all cleared, and so excited

  7. Nicholle on December 11, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Since you’re a Michael Buble fan, I thought you’d get a kick out of this.

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      oh my gosh, that is amazing!

  8. Amanda on December 11, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Gina you look amazing!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      thank you so much!

    • Erin L on December 11, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Yes, you look amazing. 6 weeks after a baby and you look great!!!

  9. Heather @ Life In Leggings on December 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Oh I bet you are going to enjoy every second of that nap tomorrow! Love that you have been able to get out and about with the little ones. Enjoy The Nutcracker!! I just love that show. <3 Happy Weekend!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      happy weekend to you, lovely!

  10. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on December 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Will you teach classes? I’d love to be able to take one of your exercise classes before you leave San Diego!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      yep! i’ll be teaching again in jan

  11. Jessie R on December 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

    You look AMAZING! P is just too precious and Liv dancing in front of the TV is just too cute! Hope you enjoy that nap tomorrow, you deserve it!

    • Jessie R on December 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Goodness, almost in tears from that dog article. Such a special bond between a dog and their people. <3 I consider our corgi one of my best friends right now 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      thank you so much, friend! have a great weekend <3

  12. Erika S. on December 11, 2015 at 10:40 am

    P’s smiles are everything…how sweet! And you look awesome 6 weeks out! Can’t wait for WSU!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      thank you so much! happy you’re excited for WSU too!

  13. Laura on December 11, 2015 at 10:59 am

    How are you already getting ready to PCS again?! I feel like I was moving for my first one with my husband at the same time as you were making yours and I’m DEFINITELY not ready to do it again! Good luck! Your positive outlook really helped me when I was freaking out about moving to the middle of nowhere Texas, so I hope you guys get what you want!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      right? it happens so fast :/ xoxo

  14. Sara @ Oats & Rows on December 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

    P’s smile is so big and adorable! Hope you get the good news at your appointment today! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      thank you!

  15. Tracy on December 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the smiley P pic!! Darling!!

    ITALY maybe???

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      ohhhh i WISH

  16. Katie @ Live Half Full on December 11, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I am counting down the hours when my husband gets home and I have backup for my little babe this weekend! We’re going through a growth spurt, so needless to say I’m looking forward to a nap and a nice, long shower!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      SAME. i’m sneaking a pedicure in there too 😉

  17. Samantha @ Startup Housewife on December 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I would love to have some of that sun out here for the weekend! We’ve had a really mild winter but it’s pretty grey and snowy today. Enjoy your nap 😀

  18. Liz on December 12, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I’m so happy you still have been able to get out and enjoy walks and a few outings with friends despite all the challenges you’ve had with baby P. I feel like even those short lived outings help your sanity so much in a world of sleep deprived craziness. Good luck at your 6 week apt! I can’t wait until mine in early Jan.

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